Today's picks:

1. Philanthropy has never been easier for the lazy. You can donate $10 to the Red Cross by texting “Haiti” to the number 90999. It gets even easier than that. If you went to Full Tilt Ice Cream on Sunday, for example, all of the money you spent went directly to Haitian relief efforts. Half the concerts I came across while putting together the calendar today were fundraisers for Haiti.

The latest, and arguably the most awesome, is tonight’s DJ-off at the Re-Bar, which features Riz Rollins, of KEXP fame, and a whole cast of DJs. The cover is split evenly between the Red Cross and Yele Haiti. An evening of drinking and listening to people spin records. That’s 21st century philanthropy, I guess.

Tonight, 8 pm, at Re-Bar, 1114 Howell St.. $8 cover ($5 with a non-perishable food donation).

Also, in addition to the stuff I listed yesterday, there's a great-looking show tonight that is also, of course, a Haiti fundraiser: Local reggae outfit Kore Ionz, with opener Big World Breaks, a virtual army of percussionists and horn players who back up the global-consciousness rap of Abyssinian Creole and Yirim Seck with jogging beats and walls of trombone and saxes, along with the obligatory steel drums and soccer whistles. Luckily, both Yirim Seck and Gabriel Teodros (who makes up half of Ab Creole) are both guest-rapping tonight.



The fundraiser supports two causes, both through Kore Ionz--one for a Haitian orphanage, and another for a group of female artists in Haiti.

Tonight at Neumo's, 925 E. Pike St., 8 pm, 21+. Advance tickets are $12.

On tomorrow's calendar:

1. There's a meet-up of neighborhood bloggers tomorrow night, organized by no one in particular, and basically for the purpose of coordinating and sharing advice. It's like the editorial meeting of the future.

The meet up is at the Lookout, a neighborhood bar that I've never been to, but that sits right between Lakeview Cemetary at Interlaken Park, and must have a totally kickass view.

Tomorrow night at 7 pm, at the Lookout, 757 Bellevue Ave. E.


2. Chocolate for Choice is an annual event presented by NARAL, in which local chocolate-makers bring chocolate and everyone tries it, all in the name of pro-choice-ness (tomorrow, not coincidentally, is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade). NARAL also invites "VIPs" to judge the chocolate—this year's VIPs include King County Executive Dow Constantine, Goldy from Horse's Ass, and, duh, PubliCola's own Erica C. Barnett.

Tomorrow night at the 1st Base Terrace Club, Safeco Field. Tickets are $40 ($45 at the door).

3. The city council is holding a special meeting of its Public Safety and Education tomorrow afternoon. On the agenda: the council's priorities for appointing the next police chief, and an amendment extending the Interlocal Agreement on prisons, an agreement mandating that King County provide jails in Seattle through 2012 (tonight's proposal would extend the agreement through 2015). There's also a ten-minute public comment session.

Tomorrow at 2 pm, on the second floor of City Hall, 600 4th Ave.

At City Hall's Room 370, at 6:30 pm tomorrow.

4. I'm somewhat hesitant to recommend Mad Rad, whose music runs the spectrum of taste from tolerable to stupid. They spend versus yelling about panties and how "superdope" they are. Given all the smart hip hoppers in Seattle, the attention given to Mad Rad can be frustrating.

But their shows are something to behold. Their energy is unnatural. At least one of them clearly went to theater school (which makes sense, because their white hipster-hop can seem more like a staged parody of hip-hop than a contribution to it). And tomorrow's an anniversary of sorts—it was a little more than a year ago that Mad Rad got banned from Neumos after getting into a fistfight with a security guard there.

Tomorrow, the Neumo's ban is officially lifted. That, and the fact that the show is free, means it's bound to be a spectacle.

Opening is Macklemore, a real-deal rapper whose latest, The Unplanned Mixtape, is an artistic leap that seemingly gratified not just the rapper, but the whole city. His video for "The Town" is his eloquent thank-you note.

Tomorrow night at Neumos. 8 pm, 21+. Free.